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>> we'll see you at 6:00. bye! breaking news tonight, the house judiciary committee approves impeaching the president. democrats taking a step to vote passing and going to the full house for approval and republicans firing back. the group growing angrier and trump says this will only rally supporters. there's been an arrest in connection with a horrific stabbing death of a college student in new york. tonight the urgent manhunt who may have been involved in the attack. a mother's promise on the sandy hook elementary school massacre. >> i made a promise to him seven years ago that i would do everything i could to honor his
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legacy. >> the mission to prevent more school shootings. plus, hidden camera controversy, high school students on a field trip find recording devices in their hotel rooms. what the hotel is saying tonight and what you can do to tell if a device is hidden in your hotel room. the holiday shipping deadline starting as soon as this weekend we have the dates and where to look for the best deals. why you could be paying more if you ship next week >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt good evening, everyone it was just four months ago a whistle blower flagged a phone call between president trump and the president of ukraine it was the start of a path that brings donald trump just one step away from impeachment the democratic led house judiciary committee setting two articles of impeachment to the full house where approval is likely next week his removal from office however would be a question for the
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republican-led senate and the prospect of acquittal there is leaving the president defiant. kristen welker has details. >> reporter: tonight president trump on the cusp of impeachment after a historic vote in the house judiciary committee with every democrat voting yes. >> aye >> ms. garcia votes i. >> aye >> reporter: every republican voting no. >> mr. jordan? >> no. >> mr. jordan votes no mr. buck >> no. >> reporter: two articles of impeachment passing, the first one charging the president abused his power but soliciting the interference of a foreign government ukraine in the 2020 u.s. presidential election article two charging obstruction of congress for defying subpoenas that and jerry nadler calling it a solum and sad day. >> for the third time over a century and a half, the house judiciary committee voted articles of impeachment against the president.
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the house will act quickly. >> reporter: republicans with their own fiery response >> you don't get to remove a president because you don't like him. they don't produce a scintilla of evidence to charge impeachment. >> reporter: president trump publicly defiant. >> it's a witch hunt, it's a sham it's a hoax. >> reporter: sources inside the white house tells nbc news the president does not want the stain of impeachment but he sees potential advantages heading into 2020. >> fundraising for the republican party has gone through the roof we're getting records. we've never -- nobody has ever seen anything like it because the people are disgusted >> reporter: next, the full house slated to vote wednesday and it's expected to pass with democrats in the majority. if so, the republican-led senate decides whether to remove the president. something that's highly unlikely and tonight, the president outside attorney rudy giuliani confirms he met with president trump today. while giuliani did not give any
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details, he was recently back in ukraine investigating the bidens lester >> more drama in chapters ahead of us in this, kristen, thank you. breaking news from the supreme court that agreed to hear president trump's appeals in his battle to keep congress and prosecutors from getting his tax returns. pete williams is at the supreme court. pete, what do we know? >> reporter: the president is appealing court rulings to turn over years of tax returns and financial documents. one case involves a grand jury subpoena issued by the manhattan d.a. investigating the hush money paid to two women during the campaign trump's lawyers say a president can't be touched by any part of the criminal justice system. the other two cases involved demands from documents from three house committees the court will hear the cases in march with a decision by late june and the subpoenas that remain on hold lester. >> thank you, pete. a break in the brutal killing of a college student
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here in new york a young teenager arrested and charged as an urgent manhunt continues for more suspects. ron allen has more. >> reporter: today as grief consumes the barn nart college community, multiple law enforcement officials say a 13-year-old boy is under arrest in the death of 18-year-old student tessa majors nbc news is not naming him because he's a juvenile charged with second-degree murder, robbery and a weapons charge in a case that's horrified the city. >> i'm absolutely confident that any individuals involved in this terrible, heinous attack will be brought to justice. >> reporter: today in the suspect's neighborhood, stunned reaction he's just 13. >> kid had his whole life ahead of him and the victim, she had the whole life ahead of her. >> reporter: unclear what role the suspect played in the rob by and stabbing in a park where investigators searched a pond for clues off the campus with the park open, you can see the massive staircase, the crime scene.
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majors was down the park and climbed up the stairs trying to fight off the attackers with fatal wounds along the way now, majors, a freshman from virginia remembered for music and dreams of becoming a writer. >> to me, the greatest tragedy here is that the world won't get to see what she would have done. >> reporter: tonight, her grieving classmates in shock. >> in the honor of the victim tess and for this community. >> reporter: tonight, police say there is a second teenager in custody being questioned authorities have said they believe as many as three attackers took part in this brutal murder. lester >> thank you. in new york and across the river in jersey city, we're getting a closer look tonight at what led to the deadly shooting rampage this week. there is video showing how an armed couple carried out that horrific attack at a kosher market gabe gutierrez has more.
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>> reporter: the camera above the kosher market captures the carnage from a chilling angle. two pedestrians down the sidewalk and seconds later a man with a rifle opens fire. then, enters the grocery store a woman also armed follows him more shots then a customer david lax runs for his life as the woman starts shooting in his direction and misses lax told us the shooters appeared to have tactical training. >> the way they handled themselves, very professional. >> reporter: the army confirms david anderson once served in the u.s. army reserves and authorities say hate against jews and police may have driven them to target the grocery store where they gunned down three victims. this officer was wounded during the standoff earlier, investigators say the pair shot and killed police detective joe seals.
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>> he was a great street cop he grew up in jersey city and knew the city. he loved doing what he did. >> reporter: the mayor thinks the target may have been a religious school next door with 50 children inside. >> this could have been far, far worse. this could have been equivalent of a sandy hook type tragedy >> reporter: so far, the fbi has not confirmed that the shooters here had any other intended targets. lester >> gabe gutierrez, thank you. the former governor of kentucky is facing a fierce backlash for pardoning or commuting the sentence of hundreds of people including murderers and rapist the sister of one saying beven can rot in hell. here is peter alexander. >> reporter: days after leaving office matt beven is under fire for giving pardons according to the louisville journal
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among those he pardoned a man convicted of raping a 9-year-old child and another that hired a hit man to kill a business partner and a man that killed his parents and a man that beheaded a woman before stuffing her in a barrel. >> governor beven's bardens show a lack of judgment and abuse of the system of justice. >> reporter: most of those impacted, low-level drug offenders but pardoned patrick ryan backer set free this week two years into a 19-year sentence for a home invasion where baker shot and killed donald mills whose sister is furious. >> pissed off. i'm not going to lie to you. >> reporter: the currier journal reports baker's family last year raised more than $21,000 for beven. democratic lawmakers are demanding answers. >> we owe it to the people of kentucky to dive in and figure out what happened and determine if their trust is betrayed. >> reporter: bevin a trump ally that lost the reelection bid tweeting tonight america is a nation accomplished with an understanding and support for redemption and second chances. peter alexander, nbc news. the u.s. and china today announcing a partial agreement
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to end the on going trade war as a result, president trump says he will not impose another round of tariffs set to take effect on sunday but this is just a first step 25% tariffs remain on a long list of chinese-made goods. tonight, former first lady michelle obama is among those defending 16-year-old greta thunberg after president trump mocked her for being named "time magazine's" person of the year. >> cigarette the making a call for action in italy today. >> they will have to do their job and to protect our futures. >> reporter: the 16-year-old taking little time to savor being named time magazine's youngest ever person of the year president trump one of five finalists, bashing the decision tweeting greta must work on anger management problem and then go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend, chill, greta, chill thunberg on the autism spectrum has been attacked by mr. trump
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before a flood of support for her followed including from michelle obama. don't let anyone dim your light. ignore the doubter and know that millions of people are cheering you on just last week, first lady melania trump expressed outrage after her teenage son baron was mentioned by name during impeachment hearings by a law professor. >> while the president can name his son barron, he can't make him a barron. >> reporter: melania saying she should be ashamed. be best trending the white house telling cnn today the president and first lady often communicate differently. their son is not an activist that travels the globe, he's a 13-year-old that wants and deserves privacy the latest in a feud between president trump and a teenager catie beck, nbc news. tomorrow marks seven years since the horrific shooting at sandy hook elementary school in connecticut. there is hope as a group founded
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opened the first crisis center of its kind to prevent other school tragedies kate snow has the first look. >> nobody gets in trouble. we're just here to help gather information, okay? >> reporter: tucked away in this miami office. >> i just wanted to make sure someone spoke to him. >> reporter: every beep is another tip coming in. >> there is an immense power here because they are saving lives and intervening right now as we stand here. >> reporter: nicole hawkly is a co-founder of sandy hook promise and this is the first national crisis center focused on school safety school districts in 21 states are training students to use the program say something. they can submit a tip anonymously by phone or through a mobile app it's about preventing a disaster in school instead of reacting to one. >> this is about how you change a culture to really look out for each other and giving the kids the control over their environment and what they do versus saying that this is an unsafe environment and you need to practice running and hiding
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this is a tip you got last month. >> yes. >> reporter: about a potential school shooting. >> yes saying they're extremely afraid to come to school because of this threat. >> reporter: jessica kneelly is the crisis manager since opening in september, her counselors handled more than 5,000 tips responding within seconds connecting with the school and authorities, as needed. >> the tipster says here thank you so much for letting me talk to you if i find anything else, i will let you know. >> reporter: that shows they trust the system. >> yes. >> reporter: one of the most common tips, students worried a friend might hurt themselves. >> where is the razor now. >> reporter: hawkly believes the sandy hook shooting where she lost her 6-year-old son might have been prevented if someone spoke up. >> i made a promise to him seven years ago, i would do everything i could to honor his legacy and prevent school shootings going forward and this is part of honoring that promise, saving
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other's lives in his name. >> reporter: saving lives by teaching students to say something. kate snow, nbc news, miami. >> truly making a difference. now to the series the money you make, a look at african american women almost twice as likely to live in poverty as americans overall but a provocative experiment is helping them create a better life with more here is blayne alexander. >> reporter: jackson, mississippi, 1200 miles and a world away from the record being set on wall street in a state where only 10% own stock, iesha knows here. >> this used to be thriving shopping complex. >> reporter: strong markets don't mean much. when people talk about a booming economy and you see this, do you believe people are being left behind >> i definitely believe. i know people are being left behind. >> reporter: nationwide, nearly 1 in 4 black women live below the poverty line in mississippi, 1 in 3. >> most folks, black women are
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pigeonholed into these low income poverty jobs that don't create a pathway out >> reporter: they created spring board to opportunities to help single black mothers she's testing a new idea gaining national attention. >> that's two in one. >> reporter: giving out cash privately funded no strings attached to see how the women choose to spend it without government requirements, universal basic income she chose 20 mothers at random. >> where am i calling you? >> i was picked. >> you were picked. >> reporter: to receive $1,000 every month. >> your that i mean was chosen. >> reporter: for one year. what does this money mean to you? >> a little freedom. >> reporter: tia works at a senior living facility where she makes $10.31 an hour what does your paycheck usually look like? >> between five and six. >> reporter: five and $600 >> yes, ma'am. that's every two weeks. >> reporter: she's chosen to paydown debt, $3,000 so far.
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>> i was able to pay bills off, get my credit straight. >> reporter: and go visit her father in pennsylvania, something she couldn't afford for 20 years. >> it was emotional. i wish i could spend more time with him. >> reporter: what is the biggest difference between this program and a government subsidy >> you know, government subsidy comes with a lot of conditions and rules about how you have to use the resources. with this we're saying it's your money. we're getting more into the inner city. >> reporter: a bold experiment that she will expand next year giving women more than just money but also the chance to take control of their lives. blayne alexander nbc news, jackson, mississippi. >> a fascinating idea. we'll take a break, just ahead, outrage after a group of high school students of students on a field trip find cameras in their hotel rooms. >> if you haven't sent holiday packages yet, where you should look for the cheapest deals on shipping to still get the deals there on time.
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well, it has happened again. hidden cameras discovered in hotel rooms this time by high school students on a field trip in minneapolis here is miguel almaguer. >> reporter: students discovered hidden cameras in their hotel room the school staying tight-lipped on details but confirmed a school staff member accompanying the students was put on administrative leave as a precautionary measure. the sky cams were only hidden in the teen's rooms the hyatt says no other devices were found and no one associated with the hotel was involved. minneapolis police are actively investigating while students and parents remain on edge spying on hotel guests is becoming alarmingly common. >> i'm so angry. >> reporter: most famously broadcaster er erin andrews was spied on through a peephole.
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a woman was unknowingly recorded taking a shower and blackmails. >> all i can think is my life is over and ruined. >> the easiest thing a people can do to protech themselves a buy a little device that cost about $20 and allows you to detect when there is a camera in your room. >> reporter: a simple tip to watch out for whoever may be watching you miguel almaguer, nbc news. all right. up next, your holiday shipping costs are about to jump. where to look this weekend for the best deals mike bloomberg's never been afraid of tough fights,
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the ones that make a true difference in people's lives. and mike's won them, which is important right this minute, because if he could beat america's biggest gun lobby, helping pass background check laws and defeat nra backed politicians across this country, beat big coal, helping shut down hundreds of polluting plants and beat big tobacco, helping pass laws to save the next generation from addiction. all against big odds you can beat him. i'm mike bloomberg and i approve this message. don't mean to put pressure on anyone but 12 days to christmas. time is running out to send those presents vicki nguyen and how to find the best shipping deals in the price you pay. >> reporter: if you checked holiday shopping off your list, the clock is ticking for standard shipping the deadline passed for ups. for the postal service, it's
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form december 14th and next en, fedex december 16th. if you can't get packages wrapped and ready to go. fit shipper and others will compare options for the best rate stores like post net do the same and ship on site deadlines for priority shipping are on the horizon for the postal service, it's the 21st to make it by christmas the final deadline, december 23rd when a cost of overnight shipping could be steep. when you're sending gifts, put a label on the outside of the box very securely nowhere near a seam and here is a pro tip, add a second label on the inside so the delivery people will know where it goes in case something happens to this. set text or email delivery alerts and consider extra insurance if you saved money by getting your gift in the mail early. vicki nguyen, nbc news. up next, remembering a hollywood icon
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finally our tribute to danny aiello. starred in "do the right thing" and had so many memorable rolls. here's harry smith >> reporter: danny aiello was a god, a new york guy. how he talk and handled himself, his performances stuck to the screen. >> will you marry me >> reporter: brilliant as cher's fiancee in moon struck and god father 2 he learned his craft from his life experiences growing up in hell's kitchen his role in spike lee's do the right thing won him an oscar nomination
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in that or any other role. >> you're robbing the system what do you want sympathy. >> reporter: hard to imagine it without him. harry smith, nbc news, new york. >> he was 86 and terrific. that's "nightly news." i'm lester holt. good night right now at 6:00, an east bay mayor attacked. the good samaritan jumped in to help. an online threat at gilroy high school. how it turned into saturday school for students and parents are pushing back. high surf along our coast. big waves for the big concerns. good evening. happy friday. thanks for joining us. >> it's not just the waves, we're expecting more rain that could impact our weekend plans
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opini. let's bring in our meteorologist. don't wash us out. >> if you're on the coast, this is the one weather alert we'll have to start the weekend. as high as 15 feet and breakers on the coast. higher than 20 feet at times for places like pacifica. we're seeing light rain close to san jose. mobile doppler radar around santa cruz mountains. spotty areas of just heavy drizzle or brief light rain around san francisco. this is the first wave coming through right now. you can see we'll be dealing with more showers as we head into the weekend. the big take away from this weekend compared to last is the rain total that we're likely to find as we go into saturday night. sierra travel also impacting. a big impact there for the we

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